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‘Durgin Park’, Boston — Last Day, Last Meal, January 12, 2019 — Yes, We Were THERE!

by Anura Guruge


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The usual benu (being sold as a souvenir for $5) and the photocopied menu used today.



Yes, we were there and it was SPECIAL. Glad I made an effort to get down to ‘Quincy Market‘ for the DAY. Yes, it was poignant too. There are folks losing JOBS! The kind of elderly (i.e., MY AGE) waitress who served us, with aplomb, ‘Allison’, had been there for 20-years. She wasn’t too happy. I took care of her with my TIP. {Smile} And she smiled too when she saw it. There were hugs all over the place.

We got there early. It was likely to get MOBBED later in the day. We heard from folks that THEY (i.e., Durgin Park) ran out of food at 5pm last Sunday!

I knew they opened at 11:30am. So, I planned to be there for that. I expected a LINE and there was one, BUT it wasn’t as long as I had expected.

We left home at 8am! It was bitterly cold. We parked at the BostonMuseum of Science‘ (where we get discounted parking because we are members) by 9:40am. We took the MBTA to ‘Quincy Market’. We were there by around 10:15am. There was NO LINE. So, we ‘did’ the ‘Market’. ‘Faneuil Hall‘ was closed because of Trump’s Shutdown.

By 11am there was a line forming. We joined it at 11:15am. There were about 30 people ahead of us. Around 11:25 they opened the doors. They felt sorry for us. IT WAS COLD. They let 50 folks in. We were in that batch. The kitchen was not as yet open but you could start with drinks.

It was GOOD. Great atmosphere. Everybody was reminiscing.

It was WAY TOO early for I. I don’t normally have my first meal of the day till 1:40pm. So, I just ordered a few appetizers and even then we brought much of it home. But, no matter. What counted was that we were THERE.

I was never a regular patron. So, I can’t claim to have a special relationship with ‘Durgin Park’. But, I did go there, for dinner, for the first time 32-years ago. September 1986. I remember that. I have eaten there AT LEAST 10-times. Most likely more. So, I am not a total stranger either.

Well … another bit of history gone. But, I can say, with PRIDE, that I was THERE.

Flag flying upside down in the wind! Symbolic.


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Boston’s ‘Durgin Park’ Restaurant Is Closing Down, This Saturday, January 12, 2019, After 192-Years!

by Anura Guruge


WOW!


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘boston.com’. Google for more.



Click to access their impressive, photo-rich Website.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durgin-Park


I stumbled upon this sad news accidently. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Had to Google it myself.

Wow. Talk about the sad end to a legendary property. A true part of Boston’s colorful history.

I first went to ‘Durgin Park‘ 32-years ago, in September of 1986. I am sure I was told that it was Boston’s OLDEST restaurant. Well, they have modified that claim.

I am surprised that they are struggling. They always looked full. Yes, I haven’t eaten there in some years. I confess to that.

It was such a fun place. Great atmosphere.

I am sad. I can’t believe that they couldn’t have kept it going.

Oh, dear.


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Did You Know That People Were Betting That Trump Would Spew More Than 3.5 Lies In His Oval Office Speech!

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This is amazing. Hard to credit. Beyond the PALE.

This is, rightly or wrongly, the U.S. President. Not the President of Sri Lanka or some other ‘developing’ country. The President of the United States of America.

Americans openly betting that he would LIE more than 3.5 times. LIE more than 3.5 times. Even one lie is too many.

And THEY WON. They won big.

The Fact Checkers at ‘The Washington Post‘ reckoned that he lied AT LEAST 6 times!

Sacré bloody bleu! 

Yes, we know he lies, BUT folks now taking it for granted.

This is SAD.


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Classic British MGs & Triumphs For Sale At ‘Brit Bits’ In Rye, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


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It was uncharacteristically warm on New Year’s Day and as such we ended up in Hampton (as in the beach) for some lunch. I invariably take the scenic route to Hampton — i.e., following the ocean — than the fast (and tolled) I-95. This means I have to go through Rye and ‘Brit Bits‘ is in Rye. And, of course, I had to stop.

It was, being New Year’s, closed. And this was the WINTER display. Very different to what they usually have in the Summer. That is UNDERSTANDABLE.

Other than the 1930s (methinks) MG in the showroom there was, for a change, nothing tempting. But, I was impressed by the prices.

My 1968 British Racing Green MGB, stickered and registered, appears to have appreciated quite a bit. Which was always the expectation.

I am still glad I stopped. Will have to go again in the Summer.


Given my collection I don’t turn too green at ‘Brit Bits’ any longer.


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Christmas Eve 2018 Candlelight Service At The ‘First United Methodist Church Of Gilford’.

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When we lived in Gilford (2002 — 2007) going to this church for the Christmas Eve service became a cherished tradition — though I am a lifelong heathen. We stopped going when we moved to Alton. Well, we rectified that today. First time back in eleven-years methinks.

It was good. It is a nice, friendly, non-judgmental church — and we even met some folks we knew from way back.

Despite being a heathen I don’t mind going to church. I have probably been to church nearly as much as many Christians. I like the architecture, the trappings, the ceremonial elements and above all the music. The music did not disappoint today. There was a rendition of “O, Holy Night” by a soloist, Karen Jordan, that was exceptional. WOW. It was worth going just for that.

So, set us up for Christmas.

Merry Christmas.


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I Donated A Vintage Raleigh Bike To ‘Goodwill’ in Concord (NH) Today — And It Felt Good.

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I just wished I had room in our Nissan Quest ‘van’ for another. I would have taken a second one too.

We have a large storage space above our ‘triple’ garage (and it must be a triple since it houses three British cars). I went up there around Thanksgiving to start bringing down Christmas stuff and was horrified to discover that we had five or six unused bikes up there. I realized that there must be plenty around, locally, who would love to have one of them, I wasn’t going to keep them any longer on the vague assumption that one of us will, someday, get around to using them. There is another bike in the garage that I very occasionally ride just for the fun.

So, I set about trying to find out how I could donate bikes. Wasn’t easy! Finally it transpired that ‘Goodwill‘, in Concord, was the best bet. They even have a program that they ‘restore’ the bikes and give them to deserving adults who need transport. Bingo. I was all in favor.

I just did not have the chance to take a bike down to Goodwill till today. Once it was loaded into the Quest somebody checked its price on eBay. Heck, no! Nope. I was not going to be swayed. It is Christmas.

It felt good. The lady who picked it up at Goodwill said: “somebody will be very happy with this”. Well, probably not as happy I was to donate.


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How To Get Started In The Gig Economy — By Lucy Reed Of Gigmine.co.

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By Lucy Reed Of Gigmine.co


Most of us have been conditioned to think of work as something we do on behalf of someone else. We’re also taught to define success as how well we perform in those circumstances and whether the work we do pleases an employer. Unfortunately, for many people, that’s an artificial and restrictive way to spend 40 hours or more a week. And pleasing an employer is a subjective matter — you can meet the objectives of your position and still not satisfy a supervisor who has specific ideas about how you should work, how you should dress, and how you should interact with others. If that describes your situation, or if you just want to make a change and try something new, the gig economy could be just what the doctor ordered.

The Gig Economy

For a prospective contractor/freelancer, the gig economy is an opportunity to make a fresh start doing something you enjoy. If you’re not sure if it’s a viable alternative, consider that 57 million Americans are involved in the gig economy in some capacity. That’s roughly one-third of the country’s entire workforce, and those numbers are growing.

In other words, America’s gig economy is booming. It’s a good time to make the transition if you’ve had enough of the traditional, eight-to-five grinder because a growing number of companies have embraced the benefits of engaging experienced professionals on an ad hoc basis. However, it’s not like switching jobs — there are things you need to know to make it work.

Go with What You Know

Offer a service you know well and enjoy doing. For example, if you’re a writer or a designer, it’s probably not a great idea to start a landscaping business or become a financial consultant unless you have a background in those areas. The beauty of the gig economy is that you can take on work you want to do and work hours you want to work, so it’s a welcome change from being vulnerable to a demanding supervisor. Think about the niche you can create for yourself by offering a service in which you excel. The more you can specialize and differentiate yourself from competitors, the more you’ll stand out to potential clients.

Open for Business

You’ll need to let everyone know you’re open for business and make clear what you offer. Create profiles on freelance sites like Upwork that pair giggers with suitable opportunities. If you don’t already have a website, you’ll need one that’s professional and engaging. Remember, this will be your online identity, so consider having it done by a professional website designer.

Post samples of past work and provide a description of what you do and how you can help potential clients. Let former clients and colleagues know that you’re going into business as a contractor — they may be able to hook you up with work opportunities.

Get Organized

Entering the gig economy means you’re on your own — no one’s going to stand over your shoulder and ask about your progress. Getting work done on time and according to your customer’s expectations is on you, so make sure you’re organized. Set up a dedicated work area with minimal distractions. Make it a relaxing space with green houseplants and calming artwork. And keep the screens (TV, gaming consoles, etc.) in another part of the house.

Set firm work hours by determining which hours work best for you, though it may sometimes be necessary to work specific hours if a client needs something completed within a set timeframe. Being a successful gigger depends to a large extent on self-discipline and being motivated to get your work done well and on schedule. Once you’ve completed an assignment for a company, be sure to follow up and stay in touch so they know you’re still available and interested.

Gig-based work offers a degree of freedom and flexibility that can be incredibly liberating, especially if you’re used to being tied to a cubicle eight hours a day. However, it’s not a license to steal — you’re still responsible for pleasing your clients, and retaining them (and getting others) will depend on how well you perform.

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